Orgill Picks Numina Group for Fulfillment Automation in New Distribution Center

Orgill has selected the RDS warehouse execution and control platform and Geek+ PopPick to enhance customer service.

Geekplus Americas

Numina Group is integrating Geek+ robots and other technologies for Orgill.
Orgill, an independent hardware supplier, has partnered with Numina Group to implement automation in its new distribution center.

Orgill Inc., an independent hardlines distributor, had outgrown its current warehouse in Tifton, Ga. It was looking to not only add square footage, but also to explore new technologies to increase productivity and improve worker and customer experiences. The company today said it has partnered with Numina Group to design and deploy automation for order fulfillment at its new 800,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Tifton.

“One of the most important commitments we fulfill is to get our customers the products they need, when they need them, and at a price that is going to help them maintain and grow their profitability,” said Boyden Moore, president and CEO of Orgill, in a release. “Having an efficient, state-of-the-art distribution network is central to our ability to fulfill this commitment.”

Founded in 1847, Orgill serves hardware stores, home centers, professional lumber dealers and farm stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Collierville, Tenn.-based company also has a presence in over 50 countries and said it is the industry's fastest-growing independent distributor.

Orgill invests in innovation

Orgill said its new facility will replace the current one and become part of the company's network of eight full-service distribution centers. It has sites in Inwood, W.Va.; Sikeston, Mo.; Hurricane, Utah; Kilgore, Texas; Post Falls, Idaho; Rome, N.Y.; and London, Ontario.

The company said its investment in the new facility will enhance its distribution capabilities to its network of 12,000 retailers. Orgill said it will maintain one of the newest and most advanced distribution networks in the hardware and home improvement industry.

“We are taking advantage of every opportunity to build technology and new distribution techniques into this facility that will help us create efficiencies for both our team and our customers,” said Randy Williams, executive vice president of distribution at Orgill. “The investments we are making in this facility will ultimately help us get products to our customers more efficiently.”

According to Williams, Orgill's new facility is scheduled for completion and full operation in June of 2024.

Numina to integrate automation, multiple systems

Orgill said it chose Numina Group as systems integration partner for facility planning, sizing, layout, and technology selection and implementation. Founded in 1986 by Dan Hanrahan and Mark Woodworth, Numina said it has decades of experience in warehouse design, warehouse software, material handling equipment, systems integration, and implementation services for mid to large-sized enterprises.

Numina Group's Real-time Distribution System (RDS) is a Tier 1 warehouse execution and control system (WES-WCS). The company's order-fulfillment automation module will manage picking, packing, and shipping for all repacked orders and manage and synchronize all material handling tasks at Orgill.

Numina's team is responsible for implementing the Geek+ PopPick goods-to-person (G2P) systems, Victory voice picking, and a zone route pick module. It will also deploy Pakt print and apply labeling automation, transport conveyor, and high-speed sortation.

By combining Numina Group’s RDS WES-WCS software with Geek+'s PopPick and Numina’s pick, pack, and ship automation, Orgill projected that it will be able to achieve the same throughput levels with significantly less labor.

“We are honored to work with Orgill in designing a world-class automated warehouse and provide a scalable high-performance warehouse automation solution to support their business growth,” said Andy Recard, chief operating officer of Numina Group. “It is exciting to work with a company that embraces all the advances taking place in warehouse technology.”

Numina Group has designed a goods-to-person system that combines robotics with just-in-time replenishment.

Email Sign Up

Get news, papers, media and research delivered
Stay up-to-date with news and resources you need to do your job. Research industry trends, compare companies and get market intelligence every week with Robotics 24/7. Subscribe to our robotics user email newsletter and we'll keep you informed and up-to-date.

Geekplus Americas

Numina Group is integrating Geek+ robots and other technologies for Orgill.

Robot Technologies